Ancestors from Norway - Østfold genealogy resources
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    Østfold fylke (which was called "Smaalenene amt" until 1 January 1919) is located in south-eastern Norway, between Oslo and the Swedish border. In 1999 the county had a popoulation of 246,028. Geographically the county is predominantly low plains, with excellent farm land and much forest.
    Østfold includes such towns as Askim, Fredrikstad, Halden, Moss, Sarpsborg, and Spydeberg, and the river Glomma runs through the center of the county.
    The city of Moss, which is the capital of the county, is a port on the Oslofjord. It is a commercial, industrial, and tourist center, with shipyards, sawmills, textile factories, metalworks, and breweries. On 14 August 1814 the convention establishing the union of Sweden and Norway was signed there. You can find more information about this fylke on the web site Welcome to CultureNet Østfold.


1. Genealogy organizations

DIS Østfold is a local chapter of the Norwegian genealogy organization DIS Norge. (In Norwegian only).

Østfoldlaget - is an organization of Norwegian-Americans whose ancestors came from Østfold. Their activies include an annual stevne as well as genealogy workshops.

Borge og Torsnes Historielag - local history association for Borge and Torsnes area. (In Norwegian only)

Skjeberg Historielag - local history association for Skjeberg area. (In Norwegian only)

Moss Family History Society (Moss Ættehistorielag) has an English version of their web site!

Rygge Historielag - local history association for Rygge area ( in Norwegian only).

Historielag i Østfold - from DIS-Norge, this web site lists all of the local history association for Østfold, including the ones that only have snail-mail addresses.

NOR-OSTFOLD-L is a mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the county of Østfold.


2. Østfold resources


3. Østfold kommuner

The following are the current kommuner (municipalities) of Østfold:


  Aremark   Hobøl   Rygge   Spydeberg
  Askim   Hvaler   Rømskog   Trøgstad
  Eidsberg   Marker   Råde   Våler
  Fredrikstad   Moss   Sarpsborg   
  Halden   Rakkestad   Skiptvet   


4. Østfold maps

Small interactive map of Norway - shows where Østfold is located. Click on Østfold and you can see a small map of Østfold showing the kommune (municipalities) of this fylke.

Large map of Østfold from the Norway List web site. Kommune names are underlined.


5. Østfold genealogy query pages

Østfold queries from's "Norway Message Board".

Slektsforskerbasen from DIS-Norge - a list of more than 5,000 genealogists who are researching their Norwegian ancestors. Sorted by kommune (municipality).

[email protected] mailing list archives is another often overlooked resource. You can search the archive to find out if others are researching the same families or places in Norway, and then contact them.

6. Østfold museums

Culture Net Østfold has links to museums in Østfold, as well as addresses of museums that do not have web sites.


7. Miscellaneous Østfold web sites

Østfold County photoghraphy archive is in Norwegian only, but you can inquire about purchasing copies of photographs taken from the air of various farms in the county! For details about the purchase of photos, contact the county via e-mail at [email protected] or by snail-mail to:

Welcome to Halden - information about Halden, Aremark, and Fredriksten fortress.

Talberg - history and family at the farm Talberg nedre in Skjeberg

Arne Kristian Aarum's home page with family tree and information about the farm Årum Østre. (In Norwegian only)

Please notify me of any links that are not working
properly as well as any suggestions for additional links.

Unfortunately my schedule does not permit me to answer
individual requests for assistance with genealogy research

John Follesdal
Copyright 1996 - 2003
This page was created December 12, 1996
Last updated on 14 September 2003